Coming Home

Friday, August 02, 2013
Our hotel in HK booked an airport shuttle bus for us and we left the hotel for the airport around 8:00 a.m. With traffic, we arrived at the airport with just enough time to check baggage, make it through security and board the plane for our 10:25 a.m. flight.

We had the direct flight from HK to Newark which was 15 hours. United gave us the bulk heads seats with a bassinet for Emma Claire. The bassinet turned out to be useful for diaper storage and formula storage as Emma Claire was quite vocal that she wasn't going to sleep in the bassinet.

We sat with a very nice young Chinese boy (probably 12 years old) who was flying to Boston alone to visit a boarding school he will be attending next year.

Emma Claire did as expected on the flight. There was a lot for her to look at  and she fought sleep. She did manage a few short sleeps.

We landed a little early in Newark, went through customs and handed off the brown envelope to the immigration officer, which will begin the U.S. processing her citizenship.

We arrived to quite the fanfare of our friend Maria and her two sons and Matt and the kids. There were signs and balloons and many people also waiting at the terminal told us they got to hear all about Emma Claire from the kids.

The Family United.

Emma Claire didn't make a fuss going in to the car seat and was asleep in the car in about 2 minutes.

When we got home, we put Emma Claire to bed and she slept for about 4 hours until I accidentally woke her up! She managed to go back down around 9 p.m. and she slept until 3:00 a.m. when she woke for a bottle. She was back to sleep by 3:45 a.m. and woke around 6:15 a.m.

I feel pretty rested, not 100% but able to function and take on the task of mothering 3 kids!! Fingers crossed that we can get Emma Claire on a schedule quickly.

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